Yet another convincing performance as Manchester United beat Watford 2-1, and Luke Shaw conceded it was a performance to forget.
The Red Devils marked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as permanent manager this week with a defeat of Javi Gracia’s side that moves them above Arsenal into fourth place.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored in each half but Watford were mostly the superior side, with 20 shots to United’s eight, and they deserved more than Abdoulaye Doucoure’s 90th-minute consolation.
Shaw admitted afterwards that United were lucky to escape with the points ahead of a trip to Wolves on Tuesday, where they were knocked out of the FA Cup two weeks ago.
“I think we made it more hard work with the way we played,” said Shaw. “First half, there were times we weren’t at our best, but second half – I’ll speak the truth: we were awful.
We were lucky with the result; we weren’t good enough. We did have a few chances, but we didn’t take them, but the most important thing was three points. We need to get ourselves together again and focus on Wolves.”
Shaw, who was one of United’s standout performers against Watford and provided the assist for the opening goal, added: “We need to get ourselves together and focus on Wolves. We lost there not too long ago and we want to go there and win.
“We need to forget about the game because we weren’t at our best at all and look to improve on Tuesday.”
Next up for United is a trip to Wolves on Tuesday, before they face Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.